Littler Mendelson P.C. is the largest U.S.-based law firm exclusively devoted to representing management in employment, employee benefit, executive compensation, and labour law matters. Littler also handles global mobility and immigration issues. Established in 1942, the law firm specializes in labor & employment, and has the largest practice in this area in the United States, Mexico, Canada, Germany and Venezuela. As of 2016, Littler has more than 1000 lawyers on staff in more than 70 offices in major metropolitan areas nationwide and globally. Littler has also established offices in several international markets through merging, acquiring, and partnering with firms based in Colombia, Costa Rica, Peru, and Puerto Rico. The firm was founded in 1942 by a deputy California Attorney General and a director of the War Labor Board, initially to represent businesses before the War Labor Board and Salary Stabilization Commission that were threatened with government takeover. The firm grew steadily but remained local to the Bay Area until the 1990s, when it began expanding aggressively throughout the U.S. via mergers and acquisitions of other firms.